In our last blog we discussed Halloween horrors that come from dark or ill-filling costumes and candy tricks, disguised at “treats.” But, even more spooks exist on All Hallows’ Eve when kids are roaming the streets at dark and making pumpkin art with knives. So, read on for safety tips for trick-or-treaters and pumpkin carvers and save our quick checklist below.
TRICK-OR-TREATING: Go where it’s safe and keep an eye out for hazards in the dark
- On Halloween night there is “safety in numbers.” Parents should be nearby the whole time, and older kids stay together in a group.
- Educate your child about “stranger danger” and what to do if they need help or encounter an emergency. If possible, have them carry a cell phone or to ask for help from other parents who may be trick-or-treating nearby. Make sure your kids know their own phone number.
- Only knock when the porch light is on and go to well-lit neighborhoods that you are familiar with.
- Accompany young children to the door of each house and stick to the homes of people you know.
- Be mindful of candle-lit pumpkins or lanterns with children and/or candles on porches, paths and steps.
- Ask your kids to take their time and walk carefully from house to house. Children are naturally excited on Halloween night, but they should never run, especially if they are wearing costumes that are long or bulky. Tree roots, uneven pavement and steps can all be trip hazards in the dark.
- Use caution when crossing streets. Tell children to look both ways before crossing the street and to cross at designated crosswalks.
- Use sidewalks. If your neighborhood has sidewalks, make sure children use them; if your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, ask kids to stay as far to the side of the road as possible and to walk against oncoming traffic.
- Make your home welcoming. For the safety of trick-or-treaters who come to your doorstep be sure to remove debris, wet leaves, ice or decorations from your lawn or walkway that could cause a fall.
JACK-O-LANTERNS: Be careful with sharp carving tools
- Keep knives and other sharp objects out of the hands of young kids. Instead, let them draw their designs on a pumpkin with a black marker, and then have an adult do the carving.
- Swap candles inside jack-o-lanterns for safer options. Use LED candles, glow sticks or flashlights inside your pumpkins to light up the face instead. Particularly dangerous places for candle-lit jack-o-lanterns are doorsteps, walkways, landings and windowsills with curtains.
- A quicker and safer idea for festive pumpkins: forego carving altogether and let your children use finger paints to create a spooky pumpkin face.
Halloween is a favorite holiday among kids… and many adults! With these tips, everyone can enjoy and be safe this spooky season. Do you have any Halloween safety tips or reminders we missed? Let us @MedSpring know on Twitter or Facebook!
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